Japan Decides to Boost Missile Defense with Aegis Ashore (News)
Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to introduce the Aegis Ashore ground-based missile defense system in a bid to better prepare for ballistic missiles from North Korea.
The government plans to acquire two Aegis Ashore batteries for deployment at Self-Defense Forces facilities in Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, in fiscal 2023.
With the Aegis Ashore, "we will be able to defend our country on a sustainable basis and our ballistic missile defense capability will improve drastically," Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori said a news conference. He suggested that his ministry aims for an early deployment of the system.
The government believes that the deployment of the ground-based missile interceptor system will enable Japan to deal with attacks from North Korea at any time.
Support from local governments is indispensable for the operations of the Aegis Ashore system as its radars emit strong radio waves, possibly causing radio disturbance, sources familiar with the situations said.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]